Yes I use photoshop, most photographers do these days. Is it cheating, no….if you would like to hear my justification here it is: Do you use photoshop?
How much Photoshop do I use? Well I’ll let you decide, here’s a video starting from the output of my RAW file, gradually adding each layer to the finished image. Note the starting point is mostly straight out of the camera, RAW files always lack contrast when compared to jpegs. Why is this? Well jpegs are actually post processed by your camera!